West Virginia Week in Review - May 11, 2024


West Virginia Week in Review
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Gov. Justice announces School Building Authority approves $26.2 million for statewide projects
Gov. Justice announced the West Virginia School Building Authority, which he serves as chairman, approved a combination of multi-county and major improvement awards totalling $26,212,730.00 for 26 projects.
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"An investment in our schools is an investment in our children," Gov. Justice said. "I'm incredibly proud of today's announcement, and I thank the SBA for their commitment to providing the resources for our kids to succeed. We've made huge strides in improving our infrastructure, but we aren't going to stop here. Our work isn't done. We will keep doing more to provide the best education possible for our kids because they deserve it. Let's keep it going."

Since Gov. Justice assumed office in 2017, the School Building Authority has allocated over $643 million to county school boards in West Virginia. When combined with the $363 million from local contributions, the overall investment in the state's educational facilities surpasses $1 billion.
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Gov. Justice celebrates 500th Jobs & Hope graduates
Gov. Justice joined the Jobs & Hope WV team to celebrate their 500th graduates.

The event honored Sierra Mullins and Joshua Shane McCoy, the program’s 500th and 501st graduates, and their employers, ORDERS Construction and Peer Solutions. 

During the 2019 State of the State address, Gov. Justice introduced Jim's Dream, a beacon of hope amid West Virginia's struggle with the opioid crisis. Gov. Justice’s visionary initiative laid the foundation for Jobs & Hope WV, a comprehensive program aimed at creating real, positive change.

In October 2019, Gov. Justice launched Jobs & Hope WV, marking a significant step forward in the fight against the Substance Use Disorder Crisis in West Virginia. The collaborative program offers support through a statewide collaboration of agencies that provide West Virginians in need the opportunity to obtain career training and to ultimately secure meaningful employment. 

"Today's 500th graduates are a testament to the remarkable impact of the Jobs & Hope program," Gov. Justice said. "It all began with a dream I had for a better life for West Virginians grappling with addiction. Now, Jobs & Hopes has shattered so many records it's unbelievable. We are heading in the right direction and need to keep on rolling because lives are being changed."
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Gov. Justice celebrates new Myrtle Beach Breeze Airways flight
Gov. Justice announced that Breeze Airways, the only Nice Low Cost Carrier (NLCC) in the U.S. will begin its new service from Charleston (CRW) to Myrtle Beach, SC, on Friday, May 10, 2024. Fares on the new route start from $49 one-way.

"I'm so glad to see this partnership with Breeze Airways continue to flourish by expanding their service to connect West Virginia with Myrtle Beach, South Carolina,” said Gov. Justice. “Airports play such an important role in fueling our economy, increasing tourism, and making our state even more accessible. I can’t wait for all of the blue Breeze planes to touch down at West Virginia International Yeager Airport this summer.”

This announcement is another milestone in the historic partnership announced in March 2023. This award-winning carrier has committed to adding five new destinations, including New York City, through this partnership in the next two years. 
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Gov. Justice signs proclamation declaring Teacher Appreciation Week
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First Lady Cathy, Gov. Justice welcome newest Friends With Paws therapy dog, Maverick, to James Monroe High School
First Lady Cathy Justice and Gov. Jim Justice celebrated the arrival of the state’s next therapy dog through the Friends With Paws program during an assembly at James Monroe High School.

The dog introduced is named Maverick, and he is a Golden Retriever.

“Maverick has been an absolute angel upon his arrival to James Monroe,” First Lady Cathy Justice said. “This community has had a really rough couple of weeks, and to know that Maverick has been here to support these students through it really shines light on what the Friends With Paws therapy dog program is about. I just know Maverick will be a beacon of hope for these students, helping them with their social and emotional well-being.”

"Cathy and I cannot say enough good things about the Friends With Paws program because these dogs put the biggest smiles on everyone's faces," Gov. Justice said. "Not only that, but these therapy dogs truly show unconditional love towards the students and teachers. I’m so proud of Cathy and her team for all the great work they are doing, because they are really making a difference across the state."
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Governor Justice and the First Lady tour 'Maverick Mall,' a Communities In School site, at James Monroe High School 
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Gov. Justice signs proclamation declaring it Goodwill Industries Week in West Virginia  
Gov. Justice presents $55,371.20 in matching funds to the Putnam County Commission 
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Also this week:
WV Board of Education to Recognize Exemplary Practice Schools

WVDOT set to kick off 2024 Summer Co-op program

The West Virginia Governor’s Highway Safety Program Reminds Everyone That May is Bicycle Safety Month

West Virginia Department of Health Proud to Support Mountaineer Food Bank’s First Annual Health and Hunger Summit

Contact Information

CJ Harvey, cj.harvey@wv.gov; Rachael Harper, rachael.a.harper@wv.gov


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